Murder on the Orient Express

Cori’s Pick: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie I have a confession.  This is the first Agatha Christie book I have ever read…in  my life.  She is the best-selling novelist in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.  She is the ‘Queen of Crime’.  Needless to say, this was a long-overdue read. …

Make Your Bed

Cori’s Pick: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven In May 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven gave the commencement speech to the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin.  In that speech, he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy SEAL training.  In this quick, 125 page book McRaven shares with…

Maybe in Another Life

Cori’s Pick: Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid If you’re looking for a good pool or beach read this summer – this recommendation is for you! At age twenty-nine, Hannah has moved six times and had countless jobs. Still trying to figure out what she’s…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Cori’s Pick: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Summer read alert!  If you are like me and choose to read lakeside (or beachside, or poolside, etc.) this is the perfect book to tote along.  It seems author Taylor Jenkins Reid has become a reliable ‘summer read’ source for me.  If you…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Cori’s Pick: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Yes!  Another debut novel and another author to add to my growing list of ‘what’s next?!’. Gail Honeyman released this debut novel in May and I just happened to grab it before a weekend beach trip.  Turns out, it was the perfect vacation read! Stuff…

Heaven is Here

 Cori’s Pick:Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson This is a 2013 memoir that I just happen to notice on the shelf at the library and I am so glad I picked it up!  It’s the story of Stephanie Nielson (who is also a successful blogger) and the fiery and horrific accident that she and her…

The Martian

Cori’s Pick: The Martian by Andy Weir To clarify, I am not a sci-fi reader. However, when I first saw previews for this 2015 film, I was intrigued and immediately found the book at our library. The chapters are short and at times very technical – but since I have no idea what nutrients and…

I Let You Go

Cori’s Pick: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh Another amazing debut novel of 2016.  This psychological thriller has genuinely shocking twists and turns that make for easy page-turning.  Intense moments scattered throughout keep you on the edge…and looking over your shoulder!  If you enjoy this read, you may want to checkout Mackintosh’s second novel,…

Be Frank with Me

Cori’s Pick: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson The debut novel of Julia Claiborne Johnson, her well-developed and quirky characters left me hungry to read anything and everything else she (hopefully) releases.  This is the story of an eccentric woman and her son, and how a newly acquired assistant-turned-nanny gets wrapped into their…

Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Cori’s Pick: Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel I can’t stop talking (and thinking) about this book!  The title alone made me pick it up.  This is the truly amazing story about a young man that, for no other reason than preferring to live on his own,…